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January 27, 2014

Sports in Brief: Wings' Winter Classic game won't set record

FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS

The Red Wings-Maple Leafs NHL Winter Classic game at Michigan Stadium will not be a world record for hockey attendance, according to Yahoo Sports.

Attributing its information to an NHL source, Yahoo said attendance for the Jan. 1 game will fall short of the Guinness World Record of 104,173 for the Michigan vs. Michigan State game, also at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, in 2010.

The NHL and Guinness agreed on a barcode system for ticket accounting. But ticket-takers stopped scanning tickets in the second period, and due to poor weather conditions, there were many late-arriving fans whose tickets were never scanned, Yahoo said.

The NHL, which said it sold 105,491 tickets for the game, is still waiting on official word from Guinness.

“We haven’t heard that it’s not the record,” NHL chief operating officer John Collins said. “We just haven’t heard anything.”

NFL

DOLPHINS: Longtime Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive accepted the Miami general manager job Sunday, ending a search that lasted nearly three weeks. Brian Xanders, a member of the Detroit Lions player personnel department, had been one of the candidates for the position.

VIKINGS: Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson will take the same position with the Minnesota Vikings, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Wilson was eliminated as a potential candidate for the Baltimore Ravens’ offensive coordinator position Saturday.

NCAA FOOTBALL

ALABAMA: Quarterback Ricky Town announced on Twitter that he had decommitted from the Tide, and given his pledge to USC. Alabama recently won the services of Jacob Coker, who was in a heated battle with Jameis Winston at Florida State prior to the 2013 season. Coker will stay at Florida State this spring and graduate, making him immediately eligible to compete for the starting job in 2014. He’ll be a junior.

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